The Melvins are an American Grunge/Stoner Metal/Post-Punk band and usually play as a trio. Singer/guitarist Buzz Osborne (aka "King Buzzo") and drummer Dale Crover are constant members, but several bass guitarists have been through the group. The band was named after a grocery clerk at the Thriftway in Montesano, Washington where Osborne served as clerk (and vandal). Melvin was the most-hated fellow employee and the band's members felt it to be an appropriately ridiculous name.
The Melvins' music is influenced by Black Flag's My War era punk, slow rock acts like and Flipper and The Swans, and, notably Black Sabbath-style metal, but their idiosyncratic approach, bizarre sense of humor, and experimentation make neat categorization difficult. The Melvins often favor very slow tempos, and their sludgey sound was a strong influence on grunge music, especially Nirvana and many other bands from Seattle. Their protegÃ©s, however, tended to use more conventional musical structures with this sound. The Melvins have influenced many doom metal bands, most explicitly Boris, who took their name from one of the Melvins' songs.
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|years active||early 1980s–present|
|music genre|| Grunge|
|current members|| Buzz Osborne|